5 December 2014
(Montpelier, Vt.) - Vermont State Police today announced that all charges have been dropped against the 64 Vermonters who occupied Governor Peter Shumlin's office on October 27, to demand an end to the fracked gas pipeline and a ban on fossil fuel infrastructure.
The Governor was the focus of the sit-in due to his continued support of the pipeline, which would transport dirty, climate-disrupting fracked gas from Alberta Canada through Addison County, underneath Lake Champlain to the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga, Ny., and eventually to Rutland.
"It's good news. Regardless of the charges, we know that we're fighting for what is right for Vermont, and this movement will continue to grow and escalate," said Martha Waterman, of Charlotte, who was arrested on the 27th.
The pipeline, opposed by thousands of people across the state, would continue Vermont's reliance on greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels that cause climate change. The majority of the gas for the first two phases would serve industrial customers like the International Paper mill.
"As a young person from Rutland, I'm ready to continue standing up to the Governor, Vermont Gas/Gaz Metro and the fossil fuel industry to demand climate justice," said Colton Francis, a community garden organizer, farmer and member of the Rutland Area Climate Coalition.
Organizers of the sit-in, including Rising Tide Vermont, 350VT, Just Power and the Vermont Workers Center, vow that resistance to the pipeline will continue in many forms, including more legal interventions, community organizing, civil disobedience and direct action.
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We're at an all-hands-on-deck moment in the struggle for climate and energy justice in Vermont, but this is just the beginning…
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Activists organize against pipeline decision
by Erin Mansifeld, Rutland Herald
October 15, 2014
On the heels of a Public Service Board decision not to re-open the case approving a natural gas pipeline, activist groups have announced an Oct. 27 protest on the State House lawn.
Rising Tide Vermont, 350 Vermont and two other groups are organizing the event, according to a statement, and the Rutland Area Climate Coalition will help train a group to send up to Montpelier.
Read more here...
Two Arrested Blocking Construction of Gas Pipeline
September 25, 2014
Two men were arrested today after chaining themselves to pipe being laid for Vermont Gas' fracked gas pipeline. The action took place a day before the Vermont Public Service Board begins a process which could result in the revoking of the permits required for Vermont Gas to continue construction.
Construction was halted around 3:45, and did not resume for the rest of the day. The two men were charged and released.
Read more here…
Direct Action Trainings to Stop the Fracked Gas Pipeline
Sunday, October 26, 4-7
UU Church, Burlington
This fall, Rising Tide Vermont is offering a series of trainings for activists and organizers across the state to provide the tools and techniques needed to defend our communities in the age of extreme energy and climate chaos. These trainings are being offered in the build-up to a day of action to stop the Vermont Fracked Gas Pipeline.
Trainees will learn: